If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and don’t feel ready to be a parent, abortion and adoption may be two options you’re considering. Before you decide, learn more about each option, consider all factors of your situation, and discuss with someone you trust who cares about you to become empowered to make the choice that is healthiest for you.
Our staff can help inform you about the facts and aspects of each process. The choice is yours, but we’re here to help. Both abortion and adoption have life-long consequences, so you should not make this decision lightly.
How Does Abortion Work?
Abortion may sound like a simple procedure, but it comes with potential risks and side effects. Choosing to have an abortion is a serious decision and you deserve to know all the facts before you decide.
You may have two potential abortion options, depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are.
Abortion Types & Risks
Medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is typically an option for early pregnancies, up to 10 weeks.
The abortion pill is actually a two-step process, where the first pill, mifeprestone, is taken at the abortion clinic. This pill prevents the pregnancy from growing by blocking the hormone progesterone.
The second pill, misoprostol, is taken hours or sometimes days later and prompts the uterus to contract, expelling the pregnancy through the vagina.
Surgical abortion, an option for later pregnancies, is a more invasive procedure that typically takes place at a clinic or doctor’s office. This type of abortion involves dilating the cervix and using a suction device to remove the pregnancy. Later abortions may involve more complex procedures.
Common physical risks of the abortion pill may include incomplete abortion, heavy or prolonged bleeding, infection, or fever.
Additionally, surgical abortion risks may include perforation of the uterus, damage to the uterine wall, excessive bleeding, or infection.
Is Adoption Right for Me?
Though adoption is a tough choice to make, it’s a rewarding one that can provide a bright future for both you and your baby.
The adoption process has come a long way in recent years, and it may be different from what you’ve heard. Birth moms now have a lot more control over what the adoption looks like and what level of contact you feel comfortable maintaining after birth.
Making an adoption plan involves coordinating with a professional adoption agency. Most agencies have extensive plans in place that help birth parents choose an adoptive family, including complete profiles and background checks. This can help expecting parents feel confident in their choice, feeling reassured that their child will be well-cared for in a healthy, safe environment.
Types of Adoption
There are three common types of adoption plans: open, closed, or semi-open. If the father is known, the mother and father make the adoption plan together.
Open adoption involves exchanging all contact information with the adoptive family and continuing an ongoing relationship with the child. The knowledge of the child’s wellbeing as well as continued visitation can be a comfort to many birthmothers.
On the other hand, closed adoption keeps the birthparents’ information completely anonymous and no contact is maintained. Semi-open adoptions involve a certain measure of contact, typically orchestrated by the adoption agency.
Choosing adoption may involve emotional effects as well, as this is a difficult choice to make. It’s wise to be prepared that feelings of grief, sadness, denial, or uncertainty may arise. However, you may also experience relief, joy, love, and security. Adoption can be a rewarding experience that allows you and your child the best stability and bright future.
No-Cost Options Consultation & Help Available To You
Any pregnancy decision can be quite difficult, and you deserve to have all the facts before you decide. You may also want to discuss the ramifications of each choice with a caring professional.
Our staff at First Care Clinic can provide a consultation on all your pregnancy options complete with a list of resources available to you.
In addition, you will want to confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test and ultrasound to know your next steps. These medical appointments can also clue you in to any complications that may affect your options, including any risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Know your options and make an empowered choice for yourself and your future. The choice is yours, but we’re here to help. Schedule your no-cost appointment today!